Review: The Incredible Record Smashers

Written by Jenny Pearson
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Published by Usborne on 29th April

The Incredible Record Smashers is an absolute winner!  It is a wonderfully heart-warming, giggle-inducing, action-packed adventure told in an incredibly honest and authentic voice that makes it such a touching and exceptional story.

Lucy is a fixer, and she’s good at fixing things, but what about a person?  Lucy’s Mum is desperately tired, sad and feeling broken, and Lucy is determined to fix her:  to make her happy again.  Whilst her Mum is spending some time in hospital to help her, Lucy stays with her effervescently eccentric, pink-haired Aunty Sheila who is a whirlwind of brilliance:  ever-prepared, well-stocked and a car boot sale enthusiast not to mention being a no-nonsense, kind-hearted, supportive all-round wonderful person, even if she does make fizzy yoghurt!  To be honest, this actually sounds rather good!

Aunty Sheila invites her neighbours’ Grandson, and Lucy’s classmate, Sandesh, over to spend time with Lucy and they soon become best friends.  When Lucy finds a photo of her Mum with famous singer, Paul Castellini and now head judge on new TV show, Record Smashers, she hatches a plan, a plan to reunite her Mum with the one person she believes can make her happy again.

And so begins Lucy’s mission to appear on Record Smashers.  Of course, there’s a slight problem:  becoming a record breaker takes a lot of time, and Lucy only has ten days to prove that she can smash a record.  Luckily, she has the benefit of Sandesh’s vast knowledge of record-breaking facts to help her on her way.  Cue watermelons, clothes pegs, flipper-hurdling, kumquats, and giggles galore! As if that wasn’t enough to contend with, the best friends also find themselves caught up with two baddies who may not be quite what they seem.  Be prepared for scenes of absolute comedic genius as Lucy and Sandesh get to grip with what it takes to be a record-breaker!

I totally adored both Lucy and Sandesh who form such close bond of friendship.  Sandesh is incredibly supportive, kind-hearted and empathetic – and an absolute fount of knowledge with his weird and wonderful record-breaking facts which kept me thoroughly entertained – and fascinated!  Lucy shows such a touching naivety and innocence through her chatty, witty and sincere narrative, but is also one resilient and determined cookie.  My heart ached for her as she opened up about her Mum’s mental health and shared her feelings with such honesty.  The love between Lucy and her mother really shone through as does the importance of accepting help when times are tough.

Oh my goodness, it takes a special story to make you laugh one minute and cry the next; to care so much for the characters that you become completely caught up in their lives.  This is a such a heartfelt story of friendship and family, of caring about others, and being brave enough to open up and talk to someone when life is difficult.  It is a story that addresses the issue of mental health illness sensitively and gently, and encourages empathy, understanding and gives a route into opening up discussion around mental health problems. 

The illustrations are brilliantly lively, humorous and expressive and complement the story perfectly.  I also just have to mention the chapter headings which share world records very cleverly linked to the story – inspired!

This is an incredibly heartfelt story, sparkling with kindness, humour, friendship and family, and is one I cannot recommend highly enough. 

Thank you to Fritha Lindqvist and Usborne for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. 

MG Takes on Thursday

This is my weekly meme celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too!

How to take part:

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence. 
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

This week, I’m celebrating …

Written by L.D. Lapinski
Cover and map illustration by Natalie Smillie
Published by
Hachette

This book in three words:

PIRATES, ADVENTURE, FRIENDSHIP

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

“Last chance saloon,” he said, as Flick shoved some fruit loaf down into the toaster and took a swig of orange juice directly from the carton on the table.

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency:  The Edge of the Ocean is a breathtakingly brilliant return to this mesmerising, magical world where stepping through a suitcase brings a world of action-packed, nautical adventure, excitement aplenty and frissons of danger … perfect edge-of-your-seat reading at the Edge of the Ocean!

Flick’s parents have grounded her for the entirety of the summer holidays, but fortunately, her situation does not stop her returning to The Strangeworlds Travel Agency after Jonathan works his magic on her Mum in the grocery aisle!  When she turns up at the Travel Agency the next day, she meets Avery, Jonathan’s cousin who is visiting him to help in the search for his missing father. However, before they continue their investigations, they are interrupted by a summons from Captain Nyfe Shaban, Pirate Queen, who wants them to help save her world, The Break, which is in danger of collapsing as its magic is being drained.  As Head Custodian of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, it is Jonathan’s duty to answer the summons … and he does so, along with Flick and Avery.

Stepping out of their magical suitcase, they find themselves in the flat, water world of The Break where ships are dropping off the edge, and the world is irreparably shrinking.  Will Flick, Jonathan and Avery be able to save the inhabitants of this world by finding them a new world to call home? Will they be able to overcome impossible-seeming dilemmas and find a solution that will save everyone?  

Oh my goodness.  This world!  First, can I just say that I love a book with a map, and I spent a lot of time admiring it, and went back to it throughout as various places were mentioned.  The world-building is incredible from the depiction of a world made almost entirely from water and which is flat to the huge ships sailing the ocean to the pirate and mer-people inhabitants and the different factions and alliances within these groups.  It feels incredibly immersive and I found myself easily losing myself in this richly imagined world of wonder. 

This is a truly action-packed, exhilarating adventure as Flick, Jonathan and Avery find themselves in a race against time to save this disappearing world whilst having to contend with different factions trying to out manoeuvre each other for their own ends.  I loved the twists and turns, the revelations, and the element of danger that kept me utterly spellbound throughout.  The diverse cast of characters are wonderful from the fierce, power-hungry and rather terrifying Nyfe to the mesmerising Queen of the Mer-people.

I loved the continuation of Flick and Jonathan’s friendship which feels really genuine and supportive, especially when things become really difficult.  I also really enjoyed the friendship between Avery and Flick which starts off with uncertainty, but which develops into a deeper bond as they get to know each other, work together and build trust.  Flick is finding out more about herself and her magical ability in this story which makes me VERY keen to read the next book.  Oh my!  I so adore Jonathan!  Quick-witted, clever and utterly wonderful!  At times, my heart ached for him, but it also rejoiced as he showed how courageous, resilient and determined he can be. 

This is an enthralling, magical adventure with a terrific cast of characters who will take you on an unmissable adventure … a perfect delight, and one I can highly recommend.

I’d love if anyone who wants to give this meme a go would comment in the comments box and include a link to your post so I can visit, comment and find some great middle-grade recommendations. If you do create a post and are on Twitter, and would like to share your post, please use the hashtag  #MGTakesOnThursday so I can find it, read it and share it!

WWW Wednesday

I’m just about to start Dragon Legend which I have been approved to read on NetGalley. I’m really looking forward to it after the ending of Dragon Mountain!

I finished listening to Evernight which I thought was amazing. It absolutely drew me in to the story, and kept me on the edge of my seat with plenty of tension and frights. The world-building and character development was brilliant. I love the contrast between the Hags and the White Witches, and the magical system. The way danger is ever present kept me on tenterhooks. I now can’t wait to read Feast of the Evernight which is due for release in May.

I also read the final book (I think) in the Clifftoppers series: The Frost Castle Adventure which is a perfect mystery for younger readers. It is a warm-hearted, action-packed and fun-filled adventure. Cousins Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh are enjoying a winter snow-filled holiday at their Grandparents’ Cottage when they witness an accident and inadvertently find themselves in the midst of another wonderful adventure …
Martha, who has been invited to be the lead actress in Frost Castle’s winter play is visited by disaster after disaster:  a break-in, a car accident, and the theft of her locket, bequeathed to her by her Uncle.  The children help her to Frost Castle and soon find themselves rehearsing for the play, and also solving the mystery of the missing locket.  Will they find out who the culprit is and why the locket is so precious? This is such a brilliant classic and cosy whodunnit with a cast of potential suspects to be eliminated, hidden passageways and rooms to be explored, and suspicions to be followed. The winter setting is an added bonus:  the children’s genuine enjoyment of playing in the snow and being with their Grandparents is wonderful as is their bond with each other.

I also read The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Edge of the Ocean. I adored this fast-paced, portal adventure and loved the world of The Break, inhabited by pirates and merfolk. I am currently writing my review and will post it either tomorrow or Friday.

Finally, I read The Incredible Record Smashers. What a brilliant story, full of warmth, humour and heart-ache. I loved the premise of trying to break a world record in order fulfil a promise made to someone else. This proved to involve lots of hilarity, but there were also heart-aching moments as Lucy attempts to fix her Mum’s mental health issue which she referred to as a ‘black dog’. I will post my review as soon as possible.

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of The Chessmen Thief by the publisher. It will be my next read as I am attending the virtual launch party on 29th April, and would like to have it read before then.

What have you read this week? Have you read any of these?

Six for Sunday

The April theme for Six for Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot is The Viper-inspired ones and today’s prompt is for Magical books. I love books with magic and have decided to cheat a little (a lot!) by including six of my favourite magical series! The covers of these books are just as magical as the contents!

I read The Strangeworlds Travel Agency about a year ago, and absolutely adored the concept of travelling to other worlds through suitcases. I’ve just finished The Edge of the Ocean, and, oh my goodness, it is brilliant. I loved being back with Flick and Jonathan as they are joined by Jonathan’s not-quite cousin Avery in their mission to save the pirate and mer-folk inhabitants of a world which is collapsing. I will post my review in the next couple of days.

I absolutely loved The Storm Keeper’s Island series which is set on the island of Arranmore and follows Fionn Boyle, who is the island’s newly appointed Storm Keeper, on his quest to protect the islanders from the sorceress Morrigan and her terrifying Soulstalkers. The use of candles, which contain memories, as conduits for magic is just ingenious as Fionn can be transported into past memories which are very cleverly tied into present events. The world-building is truly wonderful. This is definitely an action-packed, tension-filled series with plenty of heartfelt moments. I will be posting my review of The Storm Keepers’ Battle next week.

I adored this bewitching series. It follows Arianwyn Gribble, who is sent to Lull, which hasn’t had a resident witch for many years, to continue her apprenticeship after failing her evaluation to become a fully-fledged witch. Once there, she finds herself caught up in saving Lull from dangers, and finds that she is more magical than at first thought. I loved the friendships Arianwyn forms and she remains one of my favourite middle-grade characters.

I read the first two books one after the other in February 2019 and had to wait until June last year for the release of the final book in the trilogy. This has a brilliant opening as Mup and her mother are followed home by Raggedy Witches on the night that her Aunty dies. They kidnap Mup’s Dad in order to force her mother to return to Witches Borough where she discovers that her grandmother is the evil ruler. I still remember the feeling of the anger conveyed by The Little Grey Girl and though the writing was incredible. I found this a really powerful and emotive series and, if I ever get time, I would love to read all three books together again.

I absolutely adore this series and can’t believe that I haven’t read the the third one yet, but I do have it! Willow Moss is a witch who finds lost things which turns out to be a more important talent than she had first thought. The star for me is Oswin who is my favourite ever cat – I mean, kobold – he is utterly, utterly brilliant! There is a world of colourful characters, humour, plenty of action and so much warmth. I really need to pick up the third one!

I had to include the A Pinch of Magic series! I adore the three Widdershins sisters, Betty, Fliss and Charlie who have to break a curse to allow them to leave  the isle of Crowstone. My favourite part of this series is the bond between the sisters as well as how the past/legends are interwoven into the girls’ fate. I also loved Granny!

What magical series have you enjoyed? Are any of these on your list?

First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

People called them ‘pirates’. And the sailors who lived in the world of The Break wore that title with pride, because when you live on a ship, and your life includes a lot of skulduggery and skally-waggery, what else would you call yourself but ‘pirate’?

Any ideas

I loved the first book in this series, and am currently reading the second one which is just brilliant. It is so easy to be drawn into this world, and I so love the idea of being transported to another world through a suitcase.

Goodreads Synopsis:

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside… Flick is now a badge-wearing member of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency so when an urgent summons arrives at Strangeworlds from Pirate Queen Nyfe, she and Strangeworlds Society guardian Jonathon immediately pack their bags for an adventure to Queen Nyfe’s world: The Break, a place of magic and piracy. Nyfe’s world is falling apart. The Break is used to having ships vanish without a trace, but there has been a sudden increase that can’t be explained by giant squid or mer-people. The edge of their flat world is coming ever closer to them and they need to escape before it collapses entirely. But how do you sail a ship through a suitcase? How do you fit a mer-queen the size of a whale into something small enough to carry in your hand? Will Flick and Jonathan be able to find a way to transport the inhabitants of the Break to another world before theirs disappears forever?

Have you read this one? What did you think of it?

Review: The Eye of the North

The Eye of the North holds a special place in my heart as it is the book that I can wholeheartedly say re-awakened my love of reading which has had such a positive effect on my life in so many ways.  I very rarely find time to re-read books as I have so many on my reading shelves, but this one kept calling me back, so I recently treated myself to a re-read, and I’m so glad that I did! 

This is a brilliantly fast-paced, thrilling adventure that truly deserves the plaudit of ‘unputdownable’.  It opens with the best line ever:

For as long as she could remember, Emmeline Widget had been sure her parents were trying to kill her.

and transported me into the most gripping adventure, brimming with twists and turns, with danger and daring, and with breath-taking revelations. 

Emmeline Widget (perfectly named!) is always prepared for mishaps with her trusty satchel of gadgets by her side.  Unlike her zoologist parents, who are seldom at home, ever-cautious Emmeline prefers to spend time indoors with her books.  And then … a letter arrives from her mother, informing her that she may well be an orphan, and leaving instructions for her to travel to Paris to live with a Madame Blancheflour, someone who is a stranger to Emmeline.

Once onboard the ship taking her to a new life, Emmeline meets Thing, a grubby stowaway who seems keen to befriend her and introduce her to some adventurin’.  Trouble soon finds them when they discover men searching Emmeline’s cabin.  This leads to a tense chase and an attempted rescue, but then Emmeline is separated from Thing and taken by the sinister Dr Siegfried Bauer.  He is taking her to a frozen land where he intends to awaken a mythical monster, but he is not the only one intent on waking the creature.  Can Thing find Emmeline and help her save the world from a terrible fate? 

I was swept into a storm of reading rapture as I devoured this incredible story:  the tension and excitement were palpable as I raced through the short chapters (perfect for a class read-aloud and I’m certain any class will be begging for just another chapter).  The villains are deliciously and fascinatingly dark; the elements of mythology are enthralling; and the icy, frozen world portrayed is magical.  I also really enjoyed the amalgamation of steampunk vibes, the natural environment and the fantastical elements which worked together in perfect unison.  Whilst this is a fantasy adventure, environmental messages are interwoven perfectly. 

Emmeline and Thing are wonderfully likeable and endearing characters, and I adored both of them.  Emmeline feels safe with her satchel and its gadgets, enjoys reading and spends a lot of her time on her own.  She is also clever, resourceful and stronger than she thinks.  Thing is impetuous, a risk-taker and seeks excitement. There are also glimpses that he has suffered in his past which made my heart ache for him.  Together, they form a wonderful bond of friendship based on kindness, support and looking out for each other.  These two are incredibly courageous, tenacious and face their fears head-on.

The Eye of the North is a heart-pounding rollercoaster of an adventure:   exhilarating, action-packed and completely and utterly fantastic. I cannot recommend this one highly enough.  I am now ridiculously excited to read the prequel, Skyborn.

MG Takes on Thursday

This is my weekly meme celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too!

How to take part:

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence. 
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

This week, I’m celebrating …

Written by A.M. Howell
Cover, inside illustrations & map by
Saara Katariina Söderlund
Published by Usborne

This book in three words:

MYSTERY, TIME, FRIENDSHIP

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

“My sincere apologies, Mr Westcott. And to you too, Miss Westcott,” Helena’s father said, throwing Helena a look which she interpreted to mean, Keep that parrot quiet or else.

I read A.M. Howell’s wonderful historical mystery, The Garden of Lost Secrets in July 2019, and absolutely loved it. I immediately bought The House of One Hundred Clocks when it was first published and am only sorry that it has taken me so long to read it as it is another brilliant historical mystery which I can highly recommend.

Helena’s father has accepted a position as a clock-winder for one of the wealthiest men in England, Mr Westcott. He has signed a contract stating that he must never let any of the clocks in the house stop; otherwise, there will be dreadful consequences. Helena is accompanied by her parrot, Orbit, who helps her to feel connected to her deceased mother.

It is not long before Helena finds herself in the midst of a mystery after discovering a warning hidden in a watch case. Will she be too late to stop the clocks winding down and sealing her family’s fate? This is a perfectly paced mystery that captured me completely as I followed Helena on her journey towards unravelling the secrets of the house, secrets embedded in a family’s grief, tragedy, fear and superstition. Why is Mr Westcott obsessed with the clocks never stopping? Who is leaving hidden notes and drawings? Is someone out to sabotage the clock-winders chances of keeping the clocks working?

I adored Helena who is such a sympathetic young girl. She has lost her mother and clings to her connection with her through her mother’s parrot, Orbit who can mimic the sound of her mother’s laughter: I found this incredibly poignant. She is curious, friendly and kind-hearted and is keen to do the right thing. I enjoyed the development of her friendship with Florence, Mr Westcott’s daughter. In different ways, both girls have lost connection to their fathers through their obsession with the clocks. They both have social consciences and are keen to right a wrong that has been committed.

As well as being an intriguing mystery, I really enjoyed the Edwardian setting: 1905 Cambridge, and the depiction of a changing society, from the changing role of women as they begin to fight for their rights to the protection of birds to the use of motor vehicles and the possibility of flight. There is also the depiction of an idyllic university town, perfect days out with picnics and punting along the river juxtaposed with the realities of life for many working class people including the reliance on the workhouse and living in crowded accommodation.

The House of One Hundred Clocks is an intriguing, heartfelt historical mystery with sympathetic characters and an evocative setting that completely entranced me from the opening pages. I am now really looking forward to reading the author’s next book, Mystery of the Night Watchers which is also set in the Edwardian era.

I’d love if anyone who wants to give this meme a go would comment in the comments box and include a link to your post so I can visit, comment and find some great middle-grade recommendations. If you do create a post and are on Twitter, and would like to share your post, please use the hashtag  #MGTakesOnThursday so I can find it, read it and share it!

WWW Wednesday

I’m continuing to listen to Evernight and, oh my goodness, it is one scary middle-grade! Mrs Hester is terrifying, probably more so as the narrator really brings her to life. Shadow Jack is menacing and cruel. I think they may well lose control of the Evernight which they have just released. My heart goes out to Lara who seems to have magical powers and the White Witch Double Eight who has a tiny piece of his soul remaining which makes him desperate to escape the clutches of Mrs Hester. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this one goes. I’m just about to start The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Edge of the Ocean which I’m very excited to read as I loved Flick and Jonathan’s first adventure.

I’m on my Easter holiday so I’m enjoying more reading than I’ve been able to do for a while. I finished The Storm Keeper’s Battle which was a brilliant finale to this trilogy. I will post a review soon.

I attended the virtual Cranachan Books showcase of new books on Friday 2nd April and it was wonderful. I heard Caroline Logan talking about her third book in her young adult series, The Four Treasures. I have the first two on my bookcase, so decided to pick up the first one, The Stone of Destiny. I didn’t really know what to expect from this, but it was brilliant. It is steeped in Scottish folklore with selkies and kelpies. The main character, Ailsa has been ostracised by her community as she has a mark on her face that marks her as a changeling. After her mother’s death, her brother is taken from her and she loses her home. She moves around and lives on her own. Her life changes irrevocably when she rescues two selkies, brother and sister, Harris and Iona. They are on a quest to recover the Stone of Destiny in order to crown a new King, but trouble is brewing from the faerie Queen. The relationships between the characters are fantastic with witty banter and the promise of a little romance, but not too much! This is such a fast-paced, action-packed and engaging book that, despite being almost 450 pages long, I devoured in a couple of sittings. I’m definitely looking forward to picking up the next one in the series.

I then read The House of One Hundred Clocks which I loved. This is set in the mid Edwardian era and follows the story of Helena who has moved to Cambridge from London with her father and her parrot, Orbit, in order to take up employment as a clock-winder who must ensure that the clocks never stop. It is not long before Helena finds herself in the middle of uncovering the house’s secrets. I will have more to say on this one tomorrow!

I then had a real reading treat with the next two Picklewitch & Jack books which I absolutely adored. I had read the first one last year and knew I wanted to continue with this series as it is just so joyous, heart-warming and funny. I am writing a series review which I hope to post within the next couple of days.

Finally, I read a couple of picture books which caught my interest, Setsuko and the Song of the Sea and Can you Keep a Secret? I’ve posted reviews for both of these. I always love how so many picture books aimed at younger readers are perfect for older readers too. I can definitely see lots of potential for both of these in my Year 4 class.

I need to ban myself from reading any more books until I catch up on reviews, but then I intend to read Dragon Legend (via NetGalley) and my proof of The Incredible Record Smashers.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these?

Review: Can you Keep a Secret?

Written & Illustrated by Melissa Castrillon
Published by Alison Green Books
Published
on 4th March 2021

I couldn’t resist buying a copy of this gorgeous picture book with my favourite mythical creature: the dragon. My copy is signed and also came with a beautiful book print.

Winnie is looking at a huge family tapestry, and wondering if any of the beasts depicted in it will ever come back. Her parents insist that they are gone forever, yet Winnie’s dreams are full of dragons.

As the wind howls, she finds herself lifted into the air and into a fantastic adventure … on the back of a dragon.

In the forest she meets the dragon’s friends: a gryphon, a winged lion and tree-man. These creatures are the last of their kind, and need to remain hidden from humans in order to remain safe. Will Winnie be able to keep her new friends a secret?

This is an absolutely stunning picture book that swept me into its magical world. I loved the sense of wonder and delight as Winnie plays with her new friends, and wins their trust. The story very cleverly links the beginning to the end as roles change.

The illustrations throughout are a feast for the eyes, and will keep children entranced as they follow this uplifting story. The colour palette is mostly natural shades in greens, yellows and blues, but there is also vibrant pink which really brings the images to life and adds something quite unexpected.

As with many picture books for younger readers, I can see it being loved by older children too. There is scope for creative writing and links to myths as well as opening up discussion around keeping secrets, truth and knowledge. A stunning picture book that will entrance its readers.

Review: Setsuko and the Song of the Sea

Written by Fiona Barker
Illustrated by Howard Gray
Published by Tiny Tree Children’s Books on 22nd April

I was browsing through the books on offer from my go-to independent bookshop when I saw this gorgeous offering was available slightly earlier than publication date so, of course, I couldn’t resist buying it.

Setsuko loves swimming in both the shallows and depths of the sea. One day, she meets an enormous whale who is looking for his friends and fearful that he may be the last whale. Setsuko offers to be his friend and together they share their love of the sea. When it is time for the whale to leave and continue his search for his friends, Setsuko gives him hope and, in return, he gifts her a song of the sea, a song which empowers her to remind others of the majesty of the sea.

This is a heartachingly stunning story encapsulating the beauty of our oceans and the harm that is being caused through plastic pollution. The thought-provoking illustrations tell their own story as plastic bags, crates and bottles hide in plain sight amongst the coral reef and fish. Plastic bags mimic jellyfish, and bottles ‘swim’ alongside fish. The notion that such a magnificent creature as a whale needs to seek a safe place in his own home, free from the harm caused by humans, is incredibly moving.

There is also a message of hope conveyed within the beautiful words and breath-taking illustrations: one voice can make a difference, can make others listen and can help conserve the beauty and wonder of the oceans.

Setsuko and the Song of the Sea is a story of an unlikely friendship; a story which is both poignant and hopeful; and, a story conveying a heartfelt message about the importance of looking after the environment. Little voices can make a difference to big issues, and I love the sense of hope and empowerment this encourages. A perfect message for little people, and older ones alike.

10% of the net profits from the sale of each book will go to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity working for seas full of life.